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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 23, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 35
In Brief


Afghan President Hamid Karzai to speak at SAIS on Tuesday

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, will speak at the School of Advanced International Studies at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. The lecture, part of the W.P. Carey Forum of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at SAIS, is not open to the public.

Karzai's topic is "The United States-Afghan Partnership." Although journalists are expected to attend, Karzai will respond to questions from the SAIS community only.


Spanish-speaking students train as medical interpreters

Twenty students will be trained as medical interpreters for Spanish-speaking patients next week, thanks to a collaboration between Programa Salud, a Homewood campus-based initiative for Hispanic and Latino health, the University of Maryland and Cross-Cultural Health Care Program Bridging the Gap Medical Interpretation Training program.

Student volunteers will conduct the training today through Friday at Planned Parenthood of Maryland on North Howard Street. The new interpreters will begin their service this summer. The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute is Programa Salud's sponsor for the training.


Paul Talalay receives 2005 Pauling Prize for health research

Paul Talalay, a pioneer in the study of dietary phytochemicals that help protect against cancer, has received the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. Talalay received the prize May 18 at an international conference on Diet and Optimum Health in Portland, Ore., which is organized by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

This award, which includes a medal and $50,000 honorarium, is one of the leading honors in the world for scientists studying micronutrients, diet and other natural approaches to disease prevention or therapy.

Talalay is the John Jacob Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology and director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at the School of Medicine. One of the leaders in developing strategies to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, Talalay has focused on dietary approaches and is widely known for his studies of vegetables like broccoli that induce protective enzymes in the body and may help prevent the development of cancer.


Prestigious Italian Studies prize goes to JHU Press author

Federica Brunori Deigan has won the prestigious Flaiano International Prize for Italian Studies for her translation of Alessandro Manzoni's The Count of Carmagnola and Adelchis, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in July 2004.

Deigan earned her doctoral degree from the Krieger School's Italian program in 2000 and now teaches Italian language, literature and culture at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is one of three authors to win the prize this year. Past recipients of the Flaiano Prize in poetry and narrative include Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Ian McEwan.

The award is named for Ennio Flaiano, the closest collaborator and favorite screen writer of director Federico Fellini. The Italian cultural association Premi Flaiano, which is sponsored by the president of the Italian Republic and the Foreign Affairs and Cultural Heritage ministries, appoints a jury that selects the winners.


Hopkins Education Summit gathers 300 Maryland educators

More than 300 Maryland teachers and school administrators will participate today in a daylong conference showcasing professional development practices linked to school improvement and student achievement. The event will be held in Hodson Hall and the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus.

This is the second annual Hopkins Education Summit created by the Johns Hopkins University Council on K-12 Education, a representative body of the major divisions within Johns Hopkins involved in K-12 educational initiatives.

Speakers include educational consultant Dennis Sparks, executive director of the National Staff Development Council, and Colleen Seremet, assistant state superintendent for instruction. The event will also include displays of best practices created by education researchers and curriculum developers from throughout the university.

The event is co-sponsored by SPSBE's Graduate Division of Education, the Maryland State Department of Education and the Johns Hopkins Council on K-12 Education.


Johns Hopkins Picnic set for June 17; tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Johns Hopkins picnic, which is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Johns Hopkins@Eastern. On-site parking is available as well as extended shuttle service, until the end of the picnic, from East Baltimore and Homewood. Advance tickets are $2 for adults and children 4 to 12 (free for younger); tickets at the gate are $10 for 13 and older, $5 for children 4 to 12. Children 4 and older must have tickets. Admission includes food, games, rides, special attractions and children's activities.

Advance tickets must be purchased by June 10. For ticket sellers at your campus or facility, and instructions on ordering by mail, go to

If you would like to sell tickets at your work site, contact Matt Smith in Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at 410-516-0345. Volunteers are still needed. To sign up for a shift, contact Lesley Giles at 410-516-0373 or


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